Tina and Her Pony ride back into town

Ariana Kramer
Posted 11/20/16

Tina & Her Pony saddle up to return to Taos for the first time in three years. The alternative folk duo is Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan. The former Taoseñas first formed Tina & Her Pony in Taos, and became a much beloved act in town before …

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Tina and Her Pony ride back into town

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Tina & Her Pony saddle up to return to Taos for the first time in three years. The alternative folk duo is Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan. The former Taoseñas first formed Tina & Her Pony in Taos, and became a much beloved act in town before leaving in 2012 to tour the country for 18 months and eventually settle down in Asheville, N.C.

Tina & Her Pony will be performing on Sunday (Nov. 20) as a grand finale for The Goddess Fest, a concert series organized by local singer-songwriter Jenny Bird (Collins’ aunt). The concert starts at 5 p.m., but a pre-concert reception takes place starting at 4 p.m. to allow time for the performers to visit with their Taos friends.

“We’re so excited to see them and hear their stories and see how Taos has grown and the community efforts that have been seeded there and how they’ve grown, said Jordan. “I’m also really excited about seeing that big, wide open sky.”

Jordan also expressed enthusiasm for performing as part of Goddess Fest. “It is an honor to perform in a concert series that has featured so many strong musical women,” she said.

Before leaving Taos in 2012, Tina & Her Pony recorded a self-titled, full-length debut CD and an EP called “Walkin’ in My Sleep.” The last major Taos show of Tina & Her Pony took place in 2012 – a CD release party at the Harwood Museum. Since moving to Asheville, the duo has only performed once in Taos, back in 2013.

Tina & Her Pony are getting ready to record a new CD starting this December and anticipate it will be out in late 2017. Jordan says the songs on the new CD will be “folky” like their last album, with a focus on harmonies and vocals. They plan to include pedal and lap steel guitar and to record their songs at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville. The new album will include a couple of a cappella songs as well as those with instrumentation.

Asked how their music has evolved, since they started playing together, Jordan answered:

“Tina and I have been able to really get into the pocket with our harmonies since we’ve been singing just as a duo for almost five years, and playing with each other’s tonalities so we can really lock into our harmonies.”

Those who have heard Tina & Her Pony know that the duo has always had exquisite vocals. Jordan is a contralto, and her deep smooth voice complements Collins’ higher registers. Add to that Jordan’s cello work – she is classically trained – and Collins’ ukulele and guitar and you get a marvelous mix of instrumental sound undergirding the duo’s vocals.

Both Jordan and Collins write their own songs. These days they have been inspired in their songwriting by the dream world and the subconscious. For example, Collins wrote a song about a dream she had in which she was back in Taos.

“I was flying in my dream,” said Collins. “I looked down a dirt road and I saw my shadow, and my shadow was a bat instead of a human … The song has a lot of that imagery and that animal medicine woven into it.”

Jordan wrote a song after having a dream about being locked in a zoo with two tigers. She says the song, “Lion Teeth,” is a “very trancy, enchanting kind of song” written with only two chords.

For their Unity of Taos show, Tina & Her Pony will be performing some of these newer songs, as well as old favorites.

This is the second year of Goddess Fest. Organizer Jenny Bird explained that it is a series of concerts “by women who have a sacred message to offer that would not come through in a bar setting, where people are talking and the nuance of the music cannot be heard.” Tina & Her Pony will be the final concert of this year’s season. The first year had four shows, the second year doubled to eight shows. Unity of Taos has been the venue for all of the concerts.

The concert tickets for Tina & Her Pony are $10-20 sliding scale. Unity of Taos is located at 69 Blueberry Hill Road. For more information, call (575) 751-1452 or visit tinaandherpony.com.

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